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"The Spook" - pilot Major James F Setchell and navigator Captain Jerome C Alexander delivered Mosquito 43-324926 to the MTO via Canada, England, Tunisia, eventually Italy. Nicknamed "the Spook" after Setchell's son, 43-324926 was the only de Havilland Canada built B.VII to be used in a combat theatre by the USAAF. In October the Spook arrived at La Marsa, and by December Setchell and the Spook were transferred to San Severo. On both the 15th and 16th of January 1944 "the Spook" flew through intense flak yet returned with valuable photographic reconnaissance, earning Setchell the DFC.



  • 3rd Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    3rd Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    The 3rd Photographic Group were stationed only briefly in Britain and flew no missions from either Membury or Steeple Morden. They were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and undertook photographic reconnaissance in support of operations in the...



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Manufactured Toronto, ON, Canada 1943

Toronto, Canada Built. Contract number and date unknown.

Assigned El Marsa, Algeria October 1943

Arrived La Marsa. Assigned 32PRS, 5PRG, 12AF.

Ferried Prestwick, UK October 1943

Transitted through Prestwick en route La Marsa.

Based 71016 San Severo, Province of Foggia, Italy December 1943

Change of base.

Crashed 19 August 1945

Written Off Damaged Beyond Repair - Crash landing.


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14 August 2017 09:18:00 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events and place associations

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14 January 2015 17:31:45 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description and events

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